2002 Recap

AWC Winners – 2002 !

Several members of W.C.C.W. entered contests in the 2002 Arkansas Writers’ Conference, and the AWC took notice! W.C.C.W. received 18 awards out of approximately 40 entries. Winners were:

Dorothy Hatfield – 3-1st Honorable Mention and 1-2nd Place Award
Christine Henderson – 1-1st H.M., 1-2nd H.M., 1-3rd H.M., and 1-3rd Place Award
Georgie McIrvin – 1-1st HM, 1-2ndHM, 1-3rd HM, 1-3rd Place and 1-2nd Place Award
David Roper – 1-2nd Place Award
Warren Watkins – 2-2nd H.M. and 2-3rd Place Awards
Congratulations to all ! ! !

More Awards –
Georgie McIrvin, Shannon Vannater, David Roper, Linda Lowe, Dot Hatfield, and Chris Henderson took home awards from the W.C.C.W.Writers’ Conference. Check the 2002 Winners page to see all the winning names.
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Dorothy Hatfield has won several Honorable Mention awards from ByLine Magazine in the past year. Dot also won Third Place for a Short Story in the 2002 Grandmother Earth Contest.

Chris Henderson received an Honorable Mention from Byline for a winter poem. Chris also received an Honorable Mention from the Saline County Branch of the Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas for a rhymed poem, and an Honorable Mention in the Environmental Prose category of the 2002 Grandmother Earth Contest.

Linda Lowe received an Honorable Mention at the Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas Poetry Day Celebration.

Keep it up ! !
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Dorothy Hatfield has an article in the June issue of Mature Living. Dot’s on fire recently!

Searcy Living Magazine recently contained an article by Chris Henderson on Animal Abuse and the Humane Society. Watch this publication toward the end of the summer for another article by Chris on a lighter look at housework.

Warren Watkins – well, what can you say about Warren? He is enjoying his success in his recent position as editor of the Sherwood Voice.

Several members had essays with accompanying artwork chosen for the Fall 2002 Searcy Arts Council newsletter, and those pieces along with several others were on display in the Black House in January and February.

WAY TO GO, All of you!!!

2002 Winners

Winners of 2002 Writers’ Conference Contests

Jean Gipson presents an award to Georgie McIrvin

Short Story –
Fiction, any genre. 1500 word maximum,
double spaced.
1st place – Dorothy Hatfield for The Right Question
2nd place – Steve Whisnant for Yesterday Again
3rd place – Paul Perry for Lost at Home
1st HM – JoLynn Godkin for Interference
2nd HM – Dean Henning for Mr. Franklin’s Return
3rd HM – Bruce Green for Red Thread

Short Humorous Story, Fiction or Nonfiction –
1,000 word maximum, double spaced.
1st place – Shannon Vannatter for The Ghost
2nd place – Donald Kaczynski for My Letter to Santa
3rd place – Joyce Lanoue for Holding It
1st HM – David Roper for What a Day!
2nd HM – Earl E. Smith for The True Story of the Deener Creek Creature
3rd HM – Helen Daniel for Mrs. Muffett

Children’s Story
Age group 7-12 years. 1000 word maximum,
double spaced.
1st place – Georgie McIrvin for Tomayaka – The Little Warrior
2nd place – Chastine Shumway for Delta Black Boy
3rd place – Georgie McIrvin for Lines in the Oat Patch
1st HM – Liz Fulton for Thaddeus Spins a Web
2nd HM Liz Fulton for The Last Cricket
3rd HM David Roper for The Witch on the Skateboard

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Personal Essay/Nonfiction
1500 word maximum, double spaced.
1st place – Cynthia Alden Smith for The Bogeyman
2nd place – Barbara Baker for The Art of Aging
3rd Place – Pat Oplinger for MawMaw
1st HM – Marcia Camp for A One-owner Antique Car Has no Cachet
2nd HM – Bruce Green for A Son Remembers
3rd HM – Shannon Vannatter for Lunch with Mrs. Edwards

Rhymed Poetry
Any topic, 30 lines maximum, single spaced.
1st place – Pat Oplinger for The Aporn
2nd place – Liz Fulton for Fireflies
3rd place – Liz Fulton for Copperhead Days
1st HM – Liz Fulton for Snail Trail
2nd HM – Richard Henderson for Red Lantern Joe
3rd HM – Linda Lowe for Herself

Free Verse Poetry
Any topic, 30 lines maximum, single spaced.
1st place – Pat Oplinger for Blue Sky Love
2nd place – Liz Fulton for Butterfly
3rd place – Christine Henderson for Buried Treasure
1st HM – Dean Henning for Timbucktu
2nd HM – Faye Williams Jones for Going Nowhere Fast
3rd HM – Pat Oplinger for My Choice

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2002 Writers Conference

White County Creative Writers hosted their 7th Annual Writers’ Conference in the Founder’s Room at the American Heritage Conference Center, Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas on August 31, 2002. 45 attendees from Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi spent the day gleaning advice from June Ford and Julie Rogers. In addition, Julie and June held an informal dinner meeting, giving personal advice as well as enjoyable conversation to those who joined them.

2002 conference

June Ford
Chris Henderson, President – W.C.C.W. and Steve Whisnant, President F.W.C.A.
Jane Rowland and Bo Bohannon
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Julie Rogers
“Just Twist It”
June Ford “What Editors
Wish Writers Knew About
Julie and June
“When Killing Your Editor
isn’t an Option! The Author/
Editor Collaboration”
Julie Rogers “Journals:
Personal Inroads to Life”
and “When Your Journal
Becomes a Book”
June Ford “The Complex
World of Picture Books”
Julie Rogers
“Contests, Contests”
June Ford
“What Happens After
Your Manuscript Sells”

More about June and Julie?

Results of Conference Contests

Julie Rogers

W.C.C.W. thanks its conference sponsors:
Hampton Inn, Searcy First Security Bank, Searcy
Louis’ Paint and Body, Augusta Quality Auto Repair, Augusta
Razorback Auto Sales, Searcy 555 Auto Paint, Searcy
WEB Enterprises, Judsonia Warren Watkins, Sherwood


2002 Student Contest

In January 2002, W.C.C.W. sent letters to elementary schools in White County with details of two writing contests for students in grades 1 through 4.

Essay contest subject was “The Animal in My Life” and the Poetry contest subject was “Summer”. Prizes awarded at each grade level were $15.00 for first place, $10.00 for second place, and $5.00 for third. In addition, the first place entries were sponsored by W.C.C.W. in contests being held for students by ByLine, a national writers’ magazine. Two of the entries in the essay contest received Honorable Mention – Kilee Hall, 1st Grade, and Lindsey Thomason, 4th Grade.

Poetry Winners
L-R Top – Caleb Phillips, Patty Moore, Robin Thompson; Center – Triniti Ellis, Francene Rolett, Garrett Knight, Austyn Sarringar; Bottom – Monica Griffin, Jessica Southard, Brandon Jackson, Colleen Massengale
Essay Winners
L-R, Top Row- Colleen Massengale, Sherry Harrison; Center-Blake Forrest, Samantha Frizzell, Amber Rollins, Lindsay Davis, Lindsey Thomason, Ashey Sarrels, Destiny Gaddy; Bottom – Beth Wadley, Kilee Hall, Talasha Johns, Jessica Martinez.
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And The Winners Are . . .
4th Grade
1st Place – Triniti Ellis; 2nd Place – Francene Rolett; 3rd Place – Caleb Phillips
3rd Grade
1st Place – Garrett Knight; 2nd Place – Austyn Sarringar
2nd Grade
1st Place – Monica Griffin; 2nd Place Jessica Darlene Southard; 3rd Place – Brandon Jackson
Teachers – Patty Moore, Robin Thompson, Colleen Massengale

4th Grade
1st Place – Lindsey Thomason; 2nd Place – Ashley Sarrels; 3rd Place – Destiny Gaddy
3rd Grade
1st Place – Amber Rollins; 2nd Place – Lindsay Davis
2nd Grade
Tie 1st Place – Blake Forrest, Samantha Frizzell
1st Grade
1st Place – Kilee Hall; 2nd Place – Talasha Johns; 3rd Place – Jessica Martinez
Teachers – Sherry Harrison, Billie Finley, Kathy Barclay, Colleen Massengale, Beth Wadley

Participating Schools –
Kensett-Riverview Elementary; Bald Knob – H.L.Lubker Elementary; Bradford – Bradford Elementary; Searcy – Cornerstone Christian Academy

On April 16, a reception was held at the Lightle Center in Searcy for the winners. Teachers and family members were invited to share this moment with the students. Over 100 people attended, and congratulated our winners as they received their awards.
Our thanks to the teachers, students, and their families for their participation in this event.

A special thank you is extended to the management of the Lightle Center, who graciously allowed us to use their facility when we realized that our normal meeting place would not accommodate this gathering.